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On our forum: Too many mooring incidents in faulty-designed operations

Michael Grey* P&I club Gard came up with some disturbing figures the other day, in a thought provoking note on mooring operations. Using statistics garnered from the International Group of P&I clubs, they report that between 2016 and 2021, there were 858 injuries and 31 fatalities which were attributable to mooring operations going badly wrong. […]

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On our forum: Various questions raised by the Baltimore bridge disaster

Michael Grey* A modern ship is a complex creature, packed with different systems, machinery and equipment and at any one time it is inconceivable that they will all be operating without any fault. You might argue that ships have always been like that and the essence of seamanship and good marine engineering is to have

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On our forum: The evolution of ‘acceptable’ risk in shipping

Michael Grey* One of the advantages (or perhaps disadvantages) of age is an ability to look back and see how custom and practice, behaviour and attitudes, have evolved over the years, mainly, it has to be said, to suit economic criteria. Risk taking has been part and parcel of seafaring since the dawn of time

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On our forum: Seafarers deserve special new year wishes amid ship attacks…

by Michael Grey* We are terribly worried about our supply chains these days, now that we realise they stretch rather further than the delivery van. It is a concern that was illuminated in the past year, with the spectacular interruption to the westbound voyage of the Ever Given, followed by the revelation that the excitingly expanded

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Enjoy! The Autumn Edition of Maritime Magazine (No. 110) is online

  The autumn issue has much content to interest industry stakeholders and keen observers of Canada’s maritime/logistics sector. Our annual issue on North Atlantic trends underlines how a relatively stable world trade lane has gravitated towards the “new normal” of volatile rates and major shipping service changes witnessed on other global routes. More in an

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On our forum: Persistent navigation adventures in the poorly-charted Arctic

By Michael Grey* There were some exciting times in the Far North in September. For a start, the passengers aboard the small expedition cruise ship Ocean Explorer, getting up close and personal to glaciers on the coast of north-east Greenland, found that they were unable to go anywhere after their ship ran aground in the spectacular

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On our Forum: The mounting ‘co-habitation’ challenges of cruise ship visits

By Michael Grey* It represents one of the “least sustainable ways of going on holiday”, whimpered some “expert” of an unidentified discipline (probably either a climate scientist or a freelance consultant specialising in the promotion of mandatory misery). In case you haven’t guessed, it is, of course, cruising and the peak of the season in

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